PROFILE: Bolaji Agbede, Access Holdings acting CEO succeeding Herbert Wigwe

 PROFILE: Bolaji Agbede, Access Holdings acting CEO succeeding Herbert Wigwe

Access Holdings announced on Monday, February 12, 2024, that Ms. Bolaji Agbede would serve as the Acting Group Chief Executive Officer after the passing of Dr. Herbert Wigwe, the former Group Chief Executive Officer.

The company’s Board of Directors stated in a press release that her appointment is contingent upon the approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

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In this report profiles Ms Bolaji Agbede from her academic background, leadership and experience in the banking industry. And more.

Professional background

With an illustrious career spanning over 27 years in the realm of banking, Ms. Bolaji Agbede is a seasoned leader renowned for her expertise in human resources management, customer relationship cultivation, and banking operations optimization. 

Her journey commenced with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Statistics from the esteemed University of Lagos, followed by a transformative MBA from Cranfield University.

Leadership and expertise

Ms. Agbede’s leadership prowess has been honed through her participation in prestigious programs such as the High-Performance Leadership Programme at IMD and the Strategic Talent Management Programme at the London Business School. 

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Since her joining of Access Bank in 2003, she has been a driving force behind the bank’s human capital development, notably as the Head of HR for the Access Bank Group since 2010. Her tenure has been characterized by seamless integrations during pivotal mergers and acquisitions, solidifying her reputation as a mergers and acquisitions expert.

Champion of equality and empowerment

Beyond her corporate endeavors, Ms. Agbede is a tireless advocate for gender equality, pioneering progressive initiatives within Access Bank such as enhanced parental leave policies and the Access Women Network. 

Her commitment extends to the community, where she lends her expertise to NGOs focused on women’s empowerment and leadership development, serving on the boards of organizations like the ROWAA Widows Initiative and Propel Grad.

A visionary leader

Ms. Agbede’s recent appointment as the acting CEO of Access Holdings underscores her exceptional leadership acumen and unwavering dedication to advancing gender equality within the financial sector. 

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With her wealth of experience and passion for transformative change, she is poised to steer Access Holdings towards continued success, leaving an indelible mark on the organization and its stakeholders.

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